Which age groups are at highest risk for primary open-angle glaucoma (POAG)?

Updated: Mar 16, 2020
  • Author: Kristin Schmid Biggerstaff, MD; Chief Editor: Inci Irak Dersu, MD, MPH  more...
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Age older than 40 years is a risk factor for the development of POAG, with up to 15% of people affected by the seventh decade of life.

Consequently, glaucoma is found to be more prevalent in the aging population, even after compensating for the fact that mean IOP slowly rises with increasing age.

However, the disease itself is not limited to only middle-aged and elderly individuals.

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